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Crazy Cookie Dough: One Easy Cookie Recipe with Endless Flavor Variations!

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My Crazy Cookie Dough recipe is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors!
Crazy Cookie Dough: You won't believe all of the cookie flavors you can get from one plain cookie dough like Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel or even Peanut butter!! Click and find out how

Hi Bold Bakers!

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love cookies! Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, hearty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, rich Peanut Butter Cookies, and gooey Salted Caramel Cookies…the combinations are endless! Since there are so many mouthwatering flavors I decided to create one Crazy Cookie Dough to fulfill all of those homemade cookie cravings!

Similar to my idea for Crazy Dough, which was one bread dough that can be made into so many different sweet and savory breads, I’ve created one truly Crazy Cookie Dough!

This dough is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors. It has the perfect balance of brown sugar, white sugar, melted butter, and salt. The result is wonderfully decadent bakery-style cookies. This means no matter which flavorings you choose to add in, this cookie is perfectly crisp around the edges and chewy gooey in the center. Why make one boring batch of the same cookie, when you can make a variety of your favorites?

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From the smell that fills the house to that warm and fuzzy comfort I get from knowing I have a full cookie jar, there is just nothing like a homemade, fresh out of the oven cookie. I can’t wait for you all to give the recipe a spin and make these cookies your own. Let’s face it what day can’t be improved by a truly delicious cookie?

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Why do you need to chill your Crazy Cookie Dough?

No matter what flavor cookie you decide to make it’s really important that you take the time to let the cookie dough rest. After the dough has come together and you have folded in your add-ins, pop the cookies in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. I do this will ALL of my cookies. This allows the flavors of the cookie to marry and develop and also prevents the cookies from spreading. THIS is he secret to a crisp outer edge and chewy soft center.

How to make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let’s start with a classic! My advice for making the BEST-EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is to use dark chocolate that has been cut into chunks. Dark chocolate with a cocoa solid percentage of at least 72% is what you want to give you that perfect bittersweet richness.

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How to make Peanut Butter Cookies

These are my husband’s favorite so I gotta throw this one into the mix. Use your favorite peanut butter, smooth or chunky, to mix into your Crazy Cookie Dough. For extra crunch toss in a few salted, roasted peanuts too.

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How to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

An oldie but a goodie, this classic cookie cannot be overlooked. Using ingredients that you would normally have on hand, toss in some rolled oats and raisins to your Crazy Cookie Dough and you will be delighted with the results.

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What is a Birthday Cake Cookie?

Birthday Cake is 1 of my 5 a day! Seriously, I try whenever possible to throw sprinkles into everything!! To create a Birthday Cake Cookie add some of your favorite sprinkles and white chocolate chips into your Crazy Cookie Dough and enjoy the results.

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How to make a Chocolate & Hazelnut Cookie

Do you have a tub of Nutella in your cupboard? Then you are halfway there to a Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookie. Stir some Nutella into my Crazy Cookie Dough, toss in some toasted hazelnuts for good measure and BOOM! You have a Chocolate & Hazelnut Cookie.

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How to make a Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Very possibly my most favorite cookie EVER! Why? Because the results are like a brownie. Add some cocoa powder and dark chopped chocolate chunks into your Crazy Cookie Dough and enjoy the best cookie you have ever eaten!

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What to put in a S’more Cookies

What makes a S’mores Cookie? Marshmallows, chocolate and Graham Crackers, right? Stir all of those bad boys into my Crazy Cookie Dough and you have an instant family favorite.

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How to make a Salted Caramel Cookie

To make an extra gooey, chewy cookie that has a salty kick add in some chopped caramels into my Crazy Cookie Dough, top with a pinch of sea salt and you will be halfway to heaven.

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Can you freeze cookie dough?

One of my favorite make-ahead tricks is to pre-scoop and freeze raw cookie dough. After the dough has been mixed up I scoop the entire batch into heaped tablespoons and place on a baking tray. From there you can cover the cookies in cling wrap and freeze them for up to 1 month. This means next time your sweet tooth is calling all you have to do is place the baking tray in the fridge to defrost. Once the dough had defrosted simply bake off the cookies as directed.

How to Store Your Cookies

No matter what flavor you choose, these cookies make incredible leftovers. After the cookies have fully cooled I transfer them to an airtight container and store them at room temperature. They will stay fresh this way for 3-4 days, but they have never lasted that long around my house!

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Crazy Cookie Dough: One Cookie Recipe with Endless Flavor Variations!

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My Crazy Cookie Dough recipe is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors!My Crazy Cookie Dough recipe is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 14 cookies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
My Crazy Cookie Dough recipe is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors!My Crazy Cookie Dough recipe is the absolute perfect blank canvas for all of your favorite cookie flavors!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 14 cookies

Ingredients

Crazy Cookie Dough Base Recipe

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • cup (7 1/2 oz/213g) dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups (12 1/2oz/355g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

  • 1 generous tablespoon dark chocolate, rough chopped

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

  • 2 heaped teaspoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon raisins

Double Chocolate Cookie

  • 2 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon chocolate, chopped

Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie

  • 1 tablespoon Nutella or chocolate spread
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, chopped

S'more Cookie

  • 1 tablespoon mini marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate, chopped

Salted Caramel Cookie

  • 4 caramel candies, rough chopped
  • 1 Pinch flaky sea salt

Birthday Cake Cookie

  • 2 heaped teaspoons sprinkles
  • 2 heaped teaspoons white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add in the melted butter, both sugars, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk together until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a spatula to form your cookie dough. IMPORTANT STEP: Now, chill the dough for a minimum of 2 hours before scooping to avoid the cookies from spreading while baking.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop the cookie dough base into roughly 14 cookies (weighing roughly 2 1/2 oz each)

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie:

  • Press your chocolate chunks into your base cookie and fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the chocolate chunks are distributed throughout

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the oatmeal and the raisins. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the oatmeal and raisins are distributed throughout.

Double Chocolate Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the ad-ins are distributed throughout.

Peanut Butter Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the peanut butter and peanuts are distributed throughout.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the Nutella and chopped hazelnuts. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the Nutella and nuts are distributed throughout.

S'more Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the graham crackers, marshmallow, and chocolate. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the s'more ad-ins are distributed throughout.

Salted Caramel Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in the chopped caramels. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the caramel candies are distributed throughout. Top with flakey sea salt.

Birthday Cake Cookie:

  • Using your hand make a well in the center of the dough. Add in sprinkles and white chocolate chips. Fold the cookie dough over itself to make sure the sprinkles and chips are distributed throughout.

Baking your Crazy Cookie Dough:

  • When ready to bake preheat the oven to 375ºF (185°C).
  • Roughly shape the cookies back into balls of dough before placing the cookies on a large parchment lined cookie sheet about 4 inches apart. TIP: Do Not Flatten the cookies! Leave them bake as a rounded scoop of dough. This will ensure your cookies don't spread out too much.
  • Bake for roughly 12 minutes or until you can still see it is doughy in the center but browning around the edge. Resist the urge to bake for longer as you will over bake it and lose that gooey center.
  • Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then enjoy. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Pan Bang: Once the cookies come straight out of the oven immediately BANG that pan on a hard kitchen counter. This banging will help the cookies fall and settle leaving you with lovely, ripples and cracks on your cookie. 
Eggless Crazy Cookie Dough: See my Egg Substitutes for Baking Chart and use condensed milk or flax seed.
Freezing the dough: the raw dough can be scooped and frozen for up to 6 weeks. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

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Elijah
Elijah
10 months ago

Thank you Gemma, these are delicious! Just gave some as a gift, and I may be selling some in the near future. Note – Holding Cookie Shape: The double chocolate held their shape nicely because of the extra powder, but the others were very melty. To fix, I simply added the same amount of extra flour to the chocolate chip as I did cocoa powder for the double chocolate, and it gave them just the right stiffness to hold a nice shape 🙂 I did split the batch into two, as I knew I wanted just two, and then mixed… Read more »

Rakhi garg
Rakhi garg
3 months ago

I love

kawaii baker
2 months ago

i totally loved this recipe the only thing was that the dough was a little dry but still totally delicious.

Kem Hamm
Kem Hamm
7 months ago

Best cookies ever! I made two batches of dough and split them into several smaller bowls. I did chocolate, white chocolate, dried cherries, caramel, butterscotch and my favorite was like the Starbucks peppermint mocha coffee. For that I used espresso chips, Jr. Mints and white chocolate chips.

Emily
Emily
5 months ago

Totally delicious. Just made them with my 3 yr old daughter and everyone in the family has gobbled them up! We used a combination of dark and white chocolate chips.

Sue
6 months ago

This is my basic cookie dough recipe too (well, almost – I use 3/4 cup each of white and brown sugar so mine is a bit less sweet than yours and I do not melt my butter I just bring it to soft room temp). But I just love it as a base recipe. 🙂

Jean Land
Jean Land
7 months ago

I have been looking for this recipe for ages, I had one almost identical to it. and it got messed up to the point I couldn’t read it anymore, Thank You so much for letting me find it and print it. My girls are all going to go crazy over them as they all have a favorite cookie each, and with this recipe I can make all of them happy, Thank You

Carly
Carly
8 months ago

I just made a single batch of these cookies. I made chocolate chip walnut! They are super good, but I have 40 cookies! Definitely makes more than the 10-12 Gemma says in anither comment. I used a standard size cookie scoop.
I reduced heat to 350 on my nonstick pan and baked 9mins. Also, I am going to 1/2 the amount of vanilla in them next time I make them.

Thanks for the great recipe Gemma!

3 months ago

Hi gemma I’ve tried your crazy cookies with chocolate chip flavour. They were amazing. So delicious exactly like from some top rated bakery. Thank you for the recipe. Love you.

Chantelle Meyer
3 months ago

Hello Gemma 🤝 I am absolutely in love with Bigger Bolder Baking … I watch all your videos and can’t get enough 😁 we have a nice rainy day today and I made your CRAZY COOKIE DOUGH and added nougat in one yum.
I also made your Brownies … Exceptionally devine ❣️
And I started my sourdough starter 😁

Thank you for your inspiring amazing recipes.
All the way from South Africa 💕
Chantelle

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